Rarely in baseball does a trade occur including two MVP-caliber players, but this was precisely the case on March 17, 1969, when the Cardinals dealt former NL MVP Orlando Cepeda for future NL MVP Joe Torre. Many fans were upset with the move, as Cepeda was a popular player and a driving force behind back-to-back pennant winners in 1967 and 1968. Torre was no slouch though, and proved himself as a Redbird as he captured the 1971 MVP title and batted over .300 during his time in St. Louis.
Did you know that Major League uniforms have not always had a number on them? The first use of numbers on Cardinals uniforms was announced on March 6, 1923, for the upcoming season. The club posted the players' scoreboard numbers and uniform numbers in the scorecard (see picture), with the uniform numbers being worn on the sleeve. This experiment stopped after 1924; however the team made uniform numbers a fixture on the back of the jerseys in 1932.
"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." -- Rogers Hornsby
Mr. Hornsby, the time has come to get ready for the season! Featured here is one of Rogers Hornsby's game used bats from his time in St. Louis. Hornsby was one of the game's most feared hitters and remains the last Cardinal to hit over .400. This bat won't see any more hits though as it rests safely, along with over 350 others, in the collection of the Cardinals Museum.